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The Iowa Core Essential Concepts and Skills under Social  Studies/Behavioral Science, identifies the essential concepts and skills that all students must experience in the content areas of  social studies and 21st Century Skills . These concepts and skills provide a  framework to incorporate in the curriculum   the multicultural gender fair mandates of the Iowa Administrative Code 281-12.5 (8).

Iowa Core Essential Concepts and Skills

Social Studies

Essential Concepts and/or Skills for Grades K-2

Behavioral Sciences

  • Understand the changing nature of society.
  • Understand all people have individual traits.
  • Understand interactions between self and the peer group.
  • Understand the relationship of the individual to the components of society and culture.

Essential Concepts and/or Skills for Grades 3-5

Behavioral Sciences

  • Understand the changing nature of society.
  • Understand the influences on individual and group behavior and group decision making.
  • Understand how personality and socialization impact the individual.
  • Understand the process of how humans develop, learn, adapt to the environment, and internalize their culture.
  • Understand current social issues to determine how the individual formulates opinions and responds to issues.
  • Understand how to evaluate social research and information.

Essential Concepts and/or Skills for Grades 6-8

Behavioral Sciences

  • Understand the changing nature of society.
  • Understand how personality and socialization impact the individual.
  • Understand the influences on individual and group behavior and group decision making.
  • Understand the process of how humans develop, learn, adapt to the environment, and internalize their culture.
  • Understand current social issues to determine how the individual is able to formulate opinions and respond to those issues.
  • Understand how to evaluate social research and information

Essential Concepts and/or Skills for Grades 9-12

Behavioral Sciences

  • Understand the historical development of the behavioral sciences and the changing nature of society.
  • Understand the influences on individual and group behavior and group decision making.
  • Understand the appropriate research procedures and skills of the behavioral scientist.
  • Understand current social issues to determine how the individual formulates opinions and responds to those issues.
  • Understand how social status, social groups, social change, and social institutions influence individual and group behaviors.
  • Understand the process of how humans develop, learn, adapt to their environment, and internalize their culture.
  • Understand how personality and agents of socialization impact the individual.
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